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Galaga - 1/1

As far as ports go, this is really something. It might be the best port on Nintnedo. I played a good amount of Galaga in the arcade too, and this plays great. I don’t know what I can say about Galaga. The game is simple to play but challenging to master. I would say if you are a retro game collector, this is the next best thing to having an actual Galaga arcade.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

Galactic Crusader - 0/1

The only question that really needs to be answered is: is this better than Galaga? A very good Galaga port is already on Nintendo (coming up next), so this needs to bring something new to the table. The sprites are nice and large, and there are some weapon upgrades you can pick up, which is a noticeable difference. But if I am looking for a shmup with upgrades i’ll look to better games like Crysis Force or Zanac. Unfortunately the game fails in fun-factor. It simply isn’t better than Galaga so I recommend playing that.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

G.I.Joe Atlantis Factor - 0/1

The Atlantis factor is a totally different game, developed by a different company. Either game is a sequel to the other, which might actually have been pretty confusing for kids in the day. Imagine trying to talk to a kid at school about how awesome the “G.I.Joe” game is and being utterly baffled that your experiences don’t match? Or maybe nobody every played either of these games. Anyway, we found Capcom’s version of this franchise to be much worse. I MIGHT be wrong because we only scratched the surface of this game and we got jammed on the first boss. But the gameplay in that limited time is less fun, even though the controls seem fine and there is probably some kind of character selection. It isn’t terrible, but if you are thirsty for a G.I.Joe experience, get the Taxan version.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

G.I.Joe A Real American Hero - 1/1

I was never big into G.I. Joe. Not the comic, or the cartoon and I haven’t even seen the movie. But I appreciate a team of military badasses with long history. The concept seems custom built for a badass run and gun game and looks like Taxan felt the same. I have never played or heard of this game as a child, but I wish I had. it plays like Contra but with a bunch of different characters. This game goes for about $25-35 on eBay, which … might be a reasonable price from a collector perspective, I am not sure. If you see it at a garage sale, get it!

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Is Spreading the Truth a Moral Obligation

    A philosophical question. Is every person morally obligated to spread the truth if they know it? For example in a world in which slavery is acceptable, and you know that it should not be acceptable, are you obligated to tell others? Or is it okay for you to simply know the truth but let others go about living their lives?

    I am on the side of obligation. Spreading the best information is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Men Control the Abortion Debate

    We talk about how fair or unfair it is that men get to decide the fate of the abortion debate, even though they cannot ever give birth. I think it is a big misdirection effort to say it has something to do with men controlling women, and a huge falsity to say that if men gave birth instead of women they would have a different opinion.

    They might. But there are plenty of women who are pro-life even though they are the ones giving birth. At the same time, plenty of men are pro-choice.

  • Abortion Debate! Alex vs Yury.

    The big abortion debate rages on!

Picks

  • Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls

    Both Yury and I are deep into Diablo currently. He is enjoying it on PS4 and I am enjoying it on PC. Try it out if you haven’t, or revisit it if you played before.

  • Narcos

    Narcos is on Netflix and many people have recommended it to me.



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Race and Discrimination in America

    Yury did some serious prep work for this topic and he brings up many reasons why racism still exists. It’s difficult to summarize all of the topics touched on in this segment but there is a fountain of insightful conversation.

  • Johnny Depp’s Dogs Become Stateless

    Johnny Depp went to Australia with his dogs but didn’t fill out some paperwork so the dogs were deported. Johnny also didn’t declare the dogs when he left America. In a typical absurd bureaucratic fashion the authorities hard saying the dogs can’t enter the country… I think the whole idea is a fucking JOKE and a waste of taxpayer money. Stop acting like a bunch of fucking morons, Johnny Depp isn’t a terrorist. Read story.

  • Everyone Should be Vegan

    Gary Yourofsky is an animal activist who travels around the world speaking against animal cruelty and promoting a cruelty free vegan lifestyle. I have found him to be very inspirational and people speculate that his speeches have converted over a million people to veganism. I take animal rights very seriously and I want everyone to open their eyes and stop being hypocrites. The flavor of bacon is not worth the suffering of 5 billion pigs.

Picks of the Week

  • The Wire

    An excellent crime drama. I have seen it all and it’s excellent.

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  • Brooklyn Nine Nine

    This is a police show parody along the same lines as Parks and Rec and the Office.

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  • The Wicked + The Divine

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    Every 90 years, 12 gods are reincarnated in the bodies of living humans in an event called “The Recurrence.” This collection of gods, which includes names throughout various cultures such as Lucifer, Amaterasu, Sakhmet, and Morrigan, are collectively known as “The Pantheon.” The Purpose of the Pantheon throughout history has been to act as muses for humanity. In previous incarnations, the Pantheon has fostered some of the most important periods of cultural renaissance throughout humanity’s history.

    In their current incarnation, the Pantheon exist as a collection of pop stars who perform concerts which amaze and overwhelm the crowds who flock to to see them. However, one of their members has been framed for murder, an incident which has embroiled the entire Pantheon.

    The resulting events have placed the current mission of the Pantheon at risk. Even more dangerous however, is the possibility that these actions could prevent there being any future Recurrences. The result could be that humanity stagnates as cultural advancement is changed forever.

    Written by Keiron Gillen with gorgeous art by Jamie McKelvie, this series shouldn’t be missed.



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Grey’s Anatomy Book Review

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    Amazon reviews are pretty hilarious a lot of the time. I ran into this gem looking through some classical book reviews and I really thought long and hard… Is it trolling or is this person really this confused? What is your vote?

  • Golden Ratio is Bullshit

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    There is no evidence to support people prefer golden ratio artwork to non-golden ratio artwork. Also, the ratio itself can be retroactively applied to almost anything. Read more via Fast Company.

  • Vanity Plates in Abu Dhabi

    In Dubai, or Abu Dhabi whatever, people spend big bucks on license plates. Smaller numbers are more exclusive and go for millions. I express my feelings of distaste about people being showy and arrogant with their fortune. Yury challenges me, asking if it turns out the same person who spent 2 million on a plate also donated 20 million to charity that year. Does that still make him a bad person? Read more.

  • Frustration Playing Retro Fighting Games

    I found myself hungry for the fun of some of the older MK games, particularly Deception and Deadly Alliance on the original XBox. I used to love these games and I still have them both. So I plug it in, ready for a wild time … Well problem is 50% of the roster is locked. I have to play the bullshit single-player campaign to earn KOINS unlock all of the KHARACTERS from the KRYPT. Who has time for that shit? I just want to play Mortal Kombat with my friends, not log 8 hours playing the half-assed single player tag along.

    We discuss if there is a better way for video game companies to create games with lots of playability on first release but also to have good playability for the retro scene.

  • Woman Calls for Help Through Pizza Delivery

    While being held against her will by her boyfriend a woman orders pizza on her mobile device and comments in a help message. Plan works.

Picks of the Week

  • Furious 7

    Yury says this movie is what the Expendables wishes it was.

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  • Kingdom Rush

    If you like tower defense and you have no played Kingdom Rush yet… Stop fucking around!

  • Avengers Age of Ultron

    Yury says this is a great movie. Check it out if you are into hero movies!

  • Dracula

    I am reading the Dracula audio book and I think it’s a really unique horror story. Check it out if you are looking for a good read.

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  • Big Hero 6

    Yury says this movie is awesome.

  • Chrontendo Youtube Channel

    Dr. Sparkle is on a very long quest to showcase and review every Nintendo game in chronological order. If you love vidoe game history, this is your new favorite channel.